Construction continues on the Greenon School Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Greenon Local School’s new $50M school beginning to take shape

Greenon Local Schools new $50 million kindergarten through 12th grade school complex is beginning to take shape — literally.

In a video about the schools construction progress posted on Greenon Local School’s Facebook page, Brad Silvus, Superintendent of Greenon Local School District, said masons are currently working on the interior and exterior walls of the building.

“Here in the next few weeks, you’ll see interior slabs of floors going down,” Silvus said.

Last month, Silvus said wet weather was a problem for the project, however, summer heat helped to, “dry things up,” and get the project back on track.

“We were able to get all of the interior and exterior footings finished,” Silvus said.

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Earlier this year, crews began laying foundations as well as some other underground work, Silvus said previously. Ground was broken for the school in September of 2018.

Greenon gave the public their first look at their new school plans in late March at a school board meeting. Summit Construction and SHP Leading Design gave a presentation about the school progress as well as showed a 3D rendering video walk through of the new school.

Voters approved a $36 million bond issue to build the new school by 500 votes in May of 2017. The 6.98-mil bond will cost a taxpayers who owns a $100,000 property in the district about $20 a month. The state will pick up $18 million of the costs through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

The new building is being constructed on the current site of the Indian Valley Intermediate School. However, Indian Valley will remain open during construction but will close once the new school opens, as will Enon Primary and Greenon High School.

The new school will be for all students in the district, but will be divided so that students of different age groups won’t intermingle.

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One pod will house the center of the building, the other is for elementary aged students in grades kindergarten through sixth and the third pod will house remaining students.

Both student sections will have their own media centers, libraries and special education classrooms. However, the pod for high school students will have classrooms designed for agricultural and business education.

The center of the building, or the “core” as it’s referred to in floor plans, is where students, teachers and parents will enter the building. The core will also be where the dining area, gym and music spaces will be located.

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